French: Marouette bicolore German: Zweifarb-Sumpfhuhn Spanish: Polluela bicolor
Rungbee, Darjeeling, India
E Nepal, Bhutan, NE India and Myanmar E to SC China (S Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan), and S to N Thailand, N Laos and NW Vietnam.
20–22 cm. Rufous-brown upperparts contrast with ash-grey head, neck and underparts; tail black; bill pale bluish green with pale tip and red patch near base; iris blood... read more
Song has initial rasping “waak-waak” call, followed by long descending trill, with... read more
Forest patches in and around rice cultivation; swampy patches and streams in forest; grass-bordered... read more
Food and feeding
Worms, molluscs, insects, and seeds of marsh plants. Recorded feeding with rapid pecking motion, wings drooped, tail cocked and frequently... read more
Mid-May to Aug in Khasi Hills, SC Meghalaya (NE India); two adults with three young in early Aug at Doi Inthanon (NW Thailand). Monogamous... read more
Resident, but to date recorded as occurring in N Vietnam and Laos only in winter; extent of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Infrequently recorded because of its skulking habits, but formerly regarded as locally common. Several recent records (since mid-... read more
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